Dr. Stephen Parke, J.D., LL.M.

Associate Dean, Helms School of Government
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

E-mail smparke@liberty.edu

Stephen Parke


   Fall 2015 Office Hours:
M/W/F: 1pm-2:30pm
T/TH: 2pm-3:30pm
or by appointment

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Parke, please contact Mrs. Melanie Lamm. Or, you may call her at 592-3702.

Area of Specialization:

Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, Criminal Law,
Judicial Process, Corrections

Professional Career:

  • L.L.M., Military Law, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1994
  • Juris Doctorate, University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1985
  • Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1981
  • Resident, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1999
  • Professional Development Series, Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center, Emmetsburg, Maryland, 2005


  • Contributing author, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Domestic WMD Incident Management Legal desk book, December 2003.
  • Joint Center for Lessons Learned, Quarterly Bulletin, Volume VI, Issue 1, December 2003.
  • "Death and Dying in Army Hospitals: The Past and Future Roles of Advance Medical Directives," The Army Lawyer, August 1994.

Biographical Statement:

Because of his duty in the military, Dr. Parke was engaged in the professional study of terrorism prior to September 11th, 2001. In 2001, Dr. Parke was a member of a Joint Task Force charged with responding to weapons of mass destruction on short notice. On September 12th, 2001, when there were no commercial planes flying, Dr. Parke flew into upstate New York (Stewart Army Airfield) and had a police escort into downtown New York City.  His positions in the U.S. Army culminated with his selection as the Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Task Force – Guantanamo.  As the SJA for JTF-GTMO, Dr. Parke was the principal legal advisor to the Commander on all matters relating to detention and intelligence gathering operations.  Leading and mentoring a jointly staffed office comprised of six attorney and eight paralegals, Dr. Parke also acted as the primary liaison to the International Committee of the Red Cross and led the litigation support provided to the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice for ongoing habeas corpus litigation.

Favorite Scripture:

"Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." 
- Isaiah 1:17: (NIV)